Communication Inhibitors

Communication Inhibitors

Assignment 1

Communication Inhibitors

Please note that your final paper in WRTG 394 is a research-based report.  The work you do for this first writing assignment might lead to an excellent topic on which to write your final paper.

Overview:

For this assignment, you are asked to collect real-life examples of barriers (inhibitors) to

communication that occur in your work or community environment. The examples of

communication barriers that you collect can be from documents, conversations (face-to-face or digital), email messages, or meetings.

This assignment consists of four parts:

Part I:

Think about your work or community and come up with 3-4 real-life examples of barriers

(inhibitors) to written and verbal communication that occur in that environment. The

communication examples you come up with can be from documents, conversations (face-to-face or digital), emails, or meetings.

Then write one or two detailed paragraphs of 100-125 words each in which you describe the following:

 your workplace or community setting you have chosen to analyze

 the communication barriers in that setting that you are describing

 other details you think might be relevant to the context

Various types of communication inhibitors, and examples of them, can be found in the four articles that are available to you through eReserves.  These communication barriers include but are not limited to the following:

connotative meanings of words organizational barriers

personal censors and filters nonverbal barriers

noise (real and semantic) competitive barriers

audience expectations lack of writing purpose, organization, support or clarity

communication structure (or lack of) artificial voice

direction of communication forced collaboration

physical barriers faulty level of technicality

cultural barriers faulty level of formality

experiential barriers faulty direction

perceptual barriers poor timing

motivational barriers excessive subjectivity

emotional barriers linguistic barriers

Part II:

After you’ve collected at least 3-4 communication barriers and have identified the inhibitors they represent, define the inhibitors in a bulleted list. The definition you provide should identify the general characteristics of the inhibitor and how it works to impede communication. The definitions should not mention your specific work environment. Please consult the video on this assignment and the two sample student submissions to this assignment in order to see a demonstration on how this part might be written.

Part III:

Analyze these 3-4 communication inhibitors as they apply to your workplace or community environment.  List them in a table with three columns:

 the communication example either as a direct quote or paraphrase

 the name of the inhibitor(s) at work in the sample

 a justification of your selection of the inhibitor(s)

Again, please consult the video on this assignment and the two sample student submissions to this assignment in order to see a demonstration on how this part might be written.

Part IV:

 

using a scale of 1 to 100 (with a score of 75 considered average), rank your organization’s communication effectiveness. Justify and explain the score you award.  Your justification should be one to two paragraphs, about 175-250 words total.

Please continue to the next page for additional instructions.

Reading Material to Draw Upon for this Assignment:

For this assignment, you will want to draw on the following reading materials about

communication inhibitors in the eReserves area of LEO.

 

 “10 Barriers to Communication”

 “Communication Barriers”

 “Physical Barriers in Communication”

 “The Barriers to Effective Communication”

The items are available as eReserves in our class in LEO.

You can access the articles by taking the following steps:

Format:

 click Content

 select Class Resources

 select eReserves

 select the icon for eReserves in the middle of your page.

 in the list of items that appears, locate the articles and download them

Your text should be single-spaced.

The following page has a template to use in completing this assignment.

 

Description of community setting, including a description of the 3-4
communication inhibitors that occur in that setting.

Definitions of the 3-4 inhibitors:
III. Table of the 3-4 communication samples and the inhibitors they represent:

The communication example either as a direct quote or paraphrase

The name of the inhibitor(s) that the example represents

A justification of your selection of the inhibitor

Short paragraph rating the organization’s communication effectiveness on a
scale of 1 to 100 and justifying the ranking.

 
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